Sunday, March 29, 2009

required viewing

making of the funniest show in "four fuckin years". love the fact that they have NO baseball background.

geeks only

Thursday, March 26, 2009

to the rambler

best of luck on the west coast. before yr exit. best nyc records?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the avett brothers

heard alot about these guys, read alot, dude i work with (who has taste) TRAVELS to see them. i've heard one album, "Mignonette". i cannot stand this band. alt-country/dummass lyrics/wow banjo. am i missing something beyond, "i can sing along"? give me a reason ... and be succinct with yer answer (i don't wanna listen to this again).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


who doesn't neded a great strummer song?

Monday, March 23, 2009

spare change

easily, the coolest thing i've seen in a while.

jason & the scorchers

the gtr player still bugs the shit outta me (lineage beside the point), but the show i saw the guys play in richmond, va (rockitz) is still one of the best i ever saw.

Friday, March 13, 2009

all apologies

to cale, morrison and tucker

holy fuckin shit x50 ... 17 minutes!!!!!!

holy fuckin shit

the quine era lou reed was definitely the 2nd best band lou ever played with on record. this clip from a show in italy pulls all bets off the table.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Xmastime and were talking about delineating the ramones into periods. the topic sprang because alot of people add road to ruin into the first triumvirate of the catalog. i disagree completely, but, we shall see.

our crack team deals

Jack said:
I agree.  I never think of Road to Ruin as part of the beginning.  People always say "the first four albums" when they should be saying "the first three". 

Or, in my humble opinion, the first LP and the next two.

When I think of Road to Ruin, I think of End of the Century before I think of Rocket to Russia.

Jimmy Eight Cats said:

I group them as the first three, Road to Ruin as a transition and then the next three(the "guest producer" era) and of course the Richie three.I'll leave the post Ramonesmania era out for now. While I can see lumping Road to Ruin in a group with EOTC, because EOTC  has a few classically styled Ramones songs, the Spector album really falls in with Pleasant Dreams and Subterranean Jungle,if only because it has lacks the cohesive flow of the first three, and to a lesser extent the fourth.
Road to Ruin is neither fish nor fowl.It's still got Tommy producing and writing, but acoustic guitars have appeared. The choice of a cover is spot on, and a lot of the themes(Germany, loneliness, being a freak, looking for something to do) are still there. It's got a party record flow of the first three, but not the buzz-saw kick. And most of all, on the first three the slow songs just sounded like fast songs at half pace.Here they sound like ballads.

Jack said:

I see what you mean.  I'm pretty sure (hard to remember) that Road to Ruin and End of the Century were the first ones I owned.  I got the earlier ones later and pretty much had a completely different take on the band after that. 

Whenever I would see them live most pisses and beer breaks would take place during songs after the 3rd album.  Plus, you could take a leak and only miss one song with the latter albums.     

Jimmy Eight Cats said:

It was their "In-a-gadda-da-vida" phase.

Xmastime said:

Side 1 of Road to Ruin is my least favorite side on any album until the eat that rat/freak of nature/mental hell/hair of the dog run on side 2 of AB (which is still prolly better just cause of Bonzo/Something to Believe In. i dont really put it anywhere near the first three

Jack said:

Agreed. Side 1 of Road to Ruin is pretty much exactly when they cease being better than all of the other bands.

Jimmy Eight Cats said:

Couldn't disagree more.They just become less better than all the other bands.

GIHYB said:

it boils down to the sound for me. while, in retrospect the debut is rawer (maybe worse mixed-- the bass and gtr separation is dumb) than the rest. the opening 3 have much more cohesion. the "producer era" as jimmy 8 accurately refers to has little to do with the pseudo metal they used after. i think of that as their final third.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

had a thought (drunk)

watchin the stones in their 60s. how bout doin this as your old blues heroes did it when they were in their 60s?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

GIHYB/Xmastime joint post

on the spot, drunk (start 12:15am)

best albums of the 60s (we took 5 minutes):

Velvet Underground & Nico
Kinks, Village Green
Beatles, Revolver
Rolling Stones, Between the Buttons
Dylan, Highway 61

Velvet Underground & Nico
Beatles, Hard Day's Night
The Best of the Equals
Pet Sounds, Beach Boys
Bringing it All Back Home, Bob Dylan

best albums of the 70s (we took a 60 count):

Ramones, Leave Home
Television debut
Skynyrd debut
The Clash, London Calling
Sex Pistols debut

Blood on the Tracks, Dylan
Exile on Main Street, Stones
Leave Home, Ramones
Sex Pistols
The Clash, The Clash

best albums of the 80s (we took a 30 count):

Replacements, Let it Be
Husker du new day

Violent Femmes, VF
Psychocandy, Jesus and Mary Chain
Tim, the Replacements

best albums of the 90s (we took a 15 count):

Nirvana In Utero

Slanted and enchanted
grave dancers union
gravity rocks

best albums of the 00s (we took an 8 count):

dbt new rec

kids in philly
the hayday album

who cares?

the antidote.

never seen the full vid.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

45 du jour

U2, no line on the horizon
from no line on the horizon

i actually don't hate u2, they exist for me in that netherworld of giant critically acclaimed bands/artists*, that in my ever so humble (okay, that's a joke) opinion-- either have a good record in em or enough hits to squeek out a cdr comp, but don't deserve the godhead status they receive. let's cut to the u2 chase:

-a bunch of good songs (and a few great)

-a horrid rhythm section (which is actually beside the point)

-boy completely sucks, the next one too and war sounds more dated than the joke that i wrote to finish this

-a one trick pony guitar player (who's still channelling keith levene's early PiL work ... also beside the point)

bono ... somehow i'm kinda not bothered by him (well, after 'war' and even then sometimes, but 'bad' is GIHYB awesome.)

to me, "achtung baby" was the high water mark. "one" is an amazing song.

that said, they have alot of tunes that i really like. and one (the sole one on my ipod) that i have to have at the ready if i ever wanna get laid again.

i heard the new single on the radio. sounded to me like late-period janes addiction. SURPRISE, i actually love most of janes addiction. i can guarantee you i will never listen to the rest of the album. Xmas already tipped me the official single stinks, so that's enough.

*soon to come chil'n